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Posted by Ryan Seward on 10/19/2017

Looking to buy a house? Ultimately, you'll want to attend at least a few open houses in your city or town. By doing so, you'll be able to understand exactly what you'd like to find in your dream house.

Before you attend an open house, there are several factors to consider, and these include:

1. Your Homebuying Budget

With a budget in hand, you can narrow your search for the ideal home. That way, you can avoid the temptation to attend open houses for residences that fall outside your price range.

To establish a homebuying budget, take a look at your current financial situation. Then, consider your future expenses like those related to student loans or children and plan accordingly.

In addition, it never hurts to get pre-approved for a home loan. If you gain pre-approval, you can enter the housing market with a budget in hand and review a broad array of houses that match your budget.

2. Your Homebuying Checklist

If you're living to a warm-weather climate, you may want to own a home with a swimming pool. Or, if you plan to reside near the ocean, you may consider houses where you can dock your boat nearby.

Create a homebuying checklist before you visit open houses. This will allow you to streamline your home search and accelerate the homebuying journey.

Also, it may help to separate your homebuying checklist into "wants" and "must-haves." Although your dream house may not include all of your homebuying checklist "wants," you can use these categories to determine exactly what you'd like to find in your ideal residence.

3. Your Homebuying Timeline

Are you planning to move next week or in the next several weeks? Some homebuying journeys are faster than others, and you'll want to map out your property buying journey based on when you need to move.

For example, if you've accepted a new job in the city, you may need to move quickly to relocate. This may require you to act so you can get settled in a new home before you begin your new job.

Comparatively, if you're in no rush to relocate, you can take a wait-and-see approach to the housing market. And if you attend an open house and like what you see, then you can submit an offer to acquire a residence.

If you're unsure about how to approach open houses, there is no need to worry. In fact, many real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide to assist homebuyers.

A real estate agent can offer expert insights into a home before a homebuyer attends an open house. Plus, this housing market professional can provide honest, unbiased homebuying recommendations and will even negotiate with a home seller on a buyer's behalf.

Get ready for an open house Ė consider the aforementioned factors, and a homebuyer should have no trouble exploring a broad array of residences and finding one that he or she can enjoy for years to come.




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Posted by Ryan Seward on 9/12/2017


15 Pleasant Street, Ashland, MA 01721

Single-Family

$450,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Outstanding opportunity to own this beautiful, sun-filled 3 bed, 3 full bath Garrison Colonial home located in the heart of Ashland within walking distance to the commuter rail. This home offers an updated eat in kitchen with stainless appliances and plenty of cabinets. Beautiful fireplaced living room, dining room, family room, newly renovated full bathroom, new hardwoods and crown moldings throughout complete the 1st fl. The 2nd fl boasts a huge master bed and bath with a large walk in closet and crown moldings. 2 other good sized bedrooms with excellent closet space and an updated full bathroom complete the 2nd fl. The basement features an awesome renovated media room with recessed and ambient lighting. Rear deck, double wide driveway, carport, fenced in yard, cherry trees, peach tree, garden area and many more great features/improvements to this home! Close to public transportation, Rt 135, Mass Pike, shops, restaurants & everything else Ashland has to offer. THIS IS A MUST SEE!
Open House
Sunday
September 17 at 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 15 Pleasant Street, Ashland, MA 01721    Get Directions

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Posted by Ryan Seward on 9/6/2017


15 Pleasant Street, Ashland, MA 01721

Single-Family

$450,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
3
Baths
Outstanding opportunity to own this beautiful, sun-filled 3 bed, 3 full bath Garrison Colonial home located in the heart of Ashland within walking distance to the Ashland commuter rail. This home offers an updated eat in kitchen with stainless appliances and plenty of cabinets. Beautiful fireplaced living room, dining room, family room, renovated full bathroom and crown moldings throughout complete the 1st floor. The 2nd floor boosts a huge master bed and bath with a large walk in closet and crown moldings. 2 other good sized bedrooms with excellent closest space and an updated full bathroom complete the 2nd floor. The basement offers a awesome renovated media room with recessed and ambiant lighting. Rear deck, double wide driveway, carport, fenced in yard, 2 Cherry trees, 1 peach tree, and garden area are all other great features of this home. Close to public transportation, Rt 135, Mass Pike, shops, restaurants and everything else Ashland has to offer. This one is a must see!
Open House
Sunday
September 10 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 15 Pleasant Street, Ashland, MA 01721    Get Directions

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Posted by Ryan Seward on 8/17/2017

As you go on the house hunt, youíre likely to attend many different open houses. After awhile you can get confused as to what you have seen and where you saw it. Each open house or home showing is only a short window of time. As a buyer, youíre trying to get the feel for a house. Being an observant home shopper can help you to avoid a lot of problems down the road. Check out some of the biggest red flags that you need to look out for when you attend an open house.


The Candles Are Burning Bright


You walk into an open house and see a lovely candle lit on the kitchen table. While it may make you feel all warm and fuzzy, itís not always a good sign. Candles are a great way to mask odors. There could possibly be a musty odor coming from the sink, the basement, or another part of the house. This spells hidden damage and possible danger for you as a homebuyer. While the home inspection should pick up on things like this, you donít necessarily want to get that far in the process. The art of masking odors could be a sign that the sellers are trying to hide something.


Be Your Own Inspector


As you walk through the home do you notice squeaky floor boards, cracks in the walls, cracks in the ceilings, or a drippy faucet? Maybe you see some patches on the walls or mirrors and paintings that seem out of place? These are all issues that could be signs of a greater problem. Keep in mind that no house is perfect, but you should do a little investigating on your own while walking through the house at showings.


The Home Doesnít Appear Cared For


Curb appeal is one thing, but a home that looks unkept is a sign of a larger problem for you. Has the lawn been mowed? Is the fence in disrepair? How does the home appear from the outside at first glance? There are plenty of ways that you can fix up a home to make it your own once you buy it, but the question is just how much of a challenge are you up for? There is always a chance that youíll have large maintenance costs when a home hasnít been properly maintained by the previous owners.


Searching for homes and going to open houses can be fun. It can also be an educational experience to help you narrow down what youíre looking for and what you can handle as a homeowner.            





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Posted by Ryan Seward on 8/10/2017


130 Wilmington Road, Burlington, MA 01803

Single-Family

$565,000
Price

8
Rooms
3
Beds
3/1
Full/Half Baths
Outstanding opportunity to own this beautifully renovated Single Family home with a potential in-law suite that's waiting for you! Offering 2 generous sized kitchens, one with granite countertops & stainless appliances, cathedral ceilings and sky lights, the other with hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace and island; both are great for entertaining. Enjoy the generous sized family room with cathedral ceilings and slider that opens up to the wrap around deck and wonderful private fenced in yard with a shed, kennel, garden & fire pit area. Living room, dining room, 3 generous sized bedrooms, 2 of them have a master bath, great closets, recessed lighting and crown moldings complete this home. Washer and dryer on the main level, large clean basement, great for storage and ready to be finished off. Close to public transportation, shops, restaurants, highways and everything else Burlington has to offer! THIS ONE IS A MUST SEE!
Open House
Saturday
August 12 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 130 Wilmington Road, Burlington, MA 01803    Get Directions

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